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, all of our taxes will be going to pay for these things. the obama democrats believe we made these commitments and we have to find a way to pay for them. they do not want to cut the spending. and so, u.s. spending, which has been about 20% of gdp since 1969, i think, they're trying to get it up to around 24 or 25% of gdp. we keep repeating this number, but in a 15 trillion dollar economy, every percent of gdp is a tremendous amount of spending. but tax revenue, the last three years, has been down around 16% of gdp. that's a tremendous gap. and they want to raise taxes to close that gap. >> but part that have reduction, no, normally, it's about 18, 18 1/2, and it's popped up under bill clinton's presidency above 20%, if you have economic growth. the 16% is because the growth-- >> their policies are going to guarantee, in my opinion, 2% growth for a long period of time. they will never get tax revenue back up towards 20%. >> paul: kim, let's talk about another tax that's on the table. dick durbin, the number two democrat in the senate this week said raise the prospect of an ene
the democratic candidates. barack obama embodied change. it seemed he brought into politics a generation of young people and minorities who never thought of the electoral system as a vehicle for change. so many people saw in him the possibility of change that would come quickly. my sense is that it is so corroded that we need to take back a government that has been rigged against working people, ordinary people, the poor. we need to understand it will take more than one election cycle to bring about fundamental change in this country. it will take wind at the back of the president and political system to bring about change. president obama -- this is not a political time when roosevelt lived in. the labor movements are not as strong. today there was a story about the tea party move -- losing its mojo. we're seeing overreach that has led people to this tipping point moment where millions of people have said enough. the obscene inequality in this country colliding with downward mobility that people feel in their gut, they see it among their family and friends. that has led to this moment where ther
voices, progressives on the left. democrats not wanted to go anywhere near this issue either. president obama says even if politics are tough, he plans to push forward on the issues on this point. >> amie, i want to ask you about the debt ceiling. democrats are saying bypass the house entirely. something about invoking the 14th amendment. how would that work? >> the white house press secretary jay carney said a couple of times that the president would not do that, but you saw senate democrats yesterday, specifically a strong worded letter from harry reid saying you have to do this. we have to figure out a way, can't get caught up in this. that's one option, the other option is the so-called trillion dollar coin, which the white house isn't ruling out. jay carney laughed it off this week, but wouldn't rule it out. and that's interesting. out there. another option. >> and the timeline, rachel, on the fight. how is that playing out? >> three fights colliding in washington now. you will recall the sequester got only pushed back by only two months after the last fiscal chief fig cliff fight.
? >> i think somebody is an idiot. i think that there was a big debate about this when obama was selected by the democrats and sort of died down now. but the idea is that we are beyond noticing or thinking about issues of race. i guess that's what that means. and obviously we aren't. i mean, there are too many things that happen. even the presence of president obama in the white house and his family races racial questions for some people. so that while we may be on the way some day to be post racial, i think it's fair to say we're not now. >> do you have a relationship with barack obama at all? >> not really, no. >> "and justice for all," by mary francis berry. it's her most recent book. professor here at the university of pennsylvania. former chairwoman of the u.s. commission on civil rights. here's a history of the u.s. commission on civil rights. marrymary francis berry on booktv on c-span2. >>> booktv is on facebook. like us to interact with booktv guests and viewers. watch videos and get up to date information on events. ..
democrats urging president obama to consider doing an end run around congress by raising the nation's borrowing limit without congressional approval. does the president have this authority? what could democrats think if the party dynamics were reversed? bringing in our political panel, mercedes, former spokesperson for president george w. bush, and richard goodstein, the democratic political consultant and former advisor to hillary clinton for president in 2008. good to see both of you. >> thank you. >> arthel: mercedes, you first. should president obama invoke the 14th amendment protection and bypass congress and do you think raising the debt ceiling is good or bad for the good of the country and tell me why? >> it would be unwise for president obama to basically bypass congress. as we know in the constitution, it clearly states that congress has the power of the purse. so it is their responsibility to deal with the debt ceiling. if we give the president this raw power grab, i think it would have a huge negative effect, in fact, a constitutional crisis, and it would not be in his i
obama puts forward. the gop's threat make an excellent case for why democrats must take action on filibuster reform. i'm joined tonight by howard dean, former governor of vermont and former chair of the dnc. governor dean, good to have you with us tonight. >> thanks for having me on, ed. >> you bet. is this just something harry reid has to do? i mean, if you look at taxation. >> yeah. >> if you look at gun legislation, how could any of this not get filibustered based on what we saw in the 112th? >> actually, the filibuster is designed to thwart the will of the majority. but the problem is not that, because our constitution protects the minority, which is a good thing. the problem is the republicans have made it in a farce. and basically, brought the business of the entire government to a halt. so that's why it must be changed. i'm not for getting rid of it, but i am for changing it dramatically so it can't be abused anymore there are some really important things that face this country. very little was done in the last two years, and that's because the republicans believed that
radio show back in july. well, president obama has been reelected. the democrats held on to a simple majority in the senate. so it's time. so by reid's account, the time for real reform is on january 22nd when the senate votes on the congressional sessions rule book, which is why harry reid is the most important man in american politics right now. senate republicans of the 112th congress used and abused the filibuster as a tool for the minority to prevent the will of the majority. and it's looking like the 113th congress couldn't be any different. just take a look at republican opposition to president obama's recent cabinet nominations. republican senator jeff sessions of alabama issued a statement saying that jack lew must never be secretary of the treasury. sessions has made the rounds publicly opposing lew's nomination and expects it to fail in the senate. qualified nominees like jack lew and chuck hagel continue to be targeted by republicans willing to block anything president obama puts forward. the gop's threat make an excellent case for why democrats must take action on filibu
, but entitlement spending is overwhelmingly driving. mr. obama had two years of a democratic congress which drove the wild spending. sorry to upset you with the facts. rosemarie nicholson of new jersey, what took you so long. too bad you didn't talk about obama's agenda to socialize the country before the election. now, rose marie, you and the guy from minneapolis are the same mindset. a fair and precise poll, 80% of the factor said that. i did not use words socialism as facts, because that's an opinion. betty santos, albuquerque, new mexico, where does it all end. we have military people coming back home with serious injuries and the taxpayer is being forced to pay a million dollars to give a convicted killer a sex change operation in prison. i am shocked and disgusted. totally the correct reaction, betty. this is crazy and irresponsible and massachusetts, the big problem up there with that kind of nutty stuff. brian mathews, garden city, new york, bill, i served in iraq with the marines and 2nd battalion. respect your patriotism, looking forward to seeing awen miller in wesbury june 1st, i am g
kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." a developing story tonight. four democratic senators send a letter to president obama urging him to do whatever he can to sidestep congress and increase the debt ceiling. but he cannot legally or constitutionally do that. john boehner reacts by saying washington must stop spending money it doesn't have. >>> speaking of sequester spending cuts, defense department is gearing up, so is homeland security. and the tsa. did you get your paycheck today? notice something missing? the payroll tax holiday is over. will this middle class tax hike really damage the economy? "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up tonight, a developing story. four democratic senators sent a letter to president obama late this afternoon. they want him to use any means necessary to raise the debt ceiling without republican house spending cuts. that's right. cnbc's eamon javers has the details. >> reporter: let me get right to exactly what that quartet of senators said. in their letter to president obama which was viewed widely as shoring up his left flank in the politica
, and you don't find a lot of democrats other than in liberal districts that wouldn't need barack obama's help anyway campaigning with the president. they use, you know, the obama apparatus and the pelosi app apparatus for fundraising, and that's it. there was a so-called drive to 25. that's how many seats are necessary for democrats to flip and regain power. there appeared to be a moment in time when a particularly after this woman kathy won on -- >> in upstate new york. >> in upstate new york, yeah, on taking chris lee's seat on a mediscare platform basically, looking to be the winning argument for them, saying the republicans end the medicare guarantee, but now that's not sufficiently potent to get them the majority. >> i want to take the moderator at the texas book festival's prerogative here and ask about a texas congressman who you write about in the book. one of these freshman elected from corpus christi who is a very interesting guy if you pay attention to the delegation. he's more interesting and fun to write about and cover than the others. why did you pick him to write about?
. >> live from america's news headquarters, i'm kelly wright. president obama under increasing pressure from some in his own party to avoid default without congressional approval. senate democrats are encouraging the president to consider bypassing congress if necessary to prevent the nation from defaulting on its spending obligations. this, if lawmakers cannot agree to raise the nation's 16.4 trillion dollar debt ceiling next month. well, the flu outbreak reaching epidemic levels. the flu is now widespread in 47 states, look at this map right now. everywhere, but california, hawaii and mississippi, but the biggest concern is that the vaccine supply is already start to go run low. the fed say it's killed 20 children, no count yet how many adults have died. i'm kelly wright, now back to cavuto on business for the latest headlines, log on to . >> neil: all right, these aren't jobs from the movie outbreak. a triage unit at a pennsylvania hospital, more are going up for treating the latest flu cases and it's not just hospitals across america that are feeling rundown. so is the ameri
's policies. >> the most controversial thing for him for the democrats is are his fingertips in the c.i.a. bush years, obama seems to think that's not a problem and has indicated he doesn't think that's a problem for him. the drone program, it's popular. it's popular with the americans, it's president obama's significant national security program -- sitting national security program. the polls show the american public supports this program. gwen: one of the things that comes out of this conversation with karzai at the white house is the echoes of iraq. pulling out is so much harder than going in. so is there any fear, any concern as they begin to come up with a plan for withdrawal in a year, leaving behind residual forces, whatever, that they might get stuck? >> sure, when you hear karzai talk about, we're not going to necessarily give immunity to american soldiers, something that we put status of forces agreement front and center all over the world, that's the same thing that the iraq negotiations broke down over and it's a clear red line. the good news is, they're starting much earl
, president obama is going to use an executive order to ban all lot of guns himself. a democratic house leader, elected last president for trying to bypass congress happily pushing the 14th amendment so that this president can bypass congress. a president who talks shares sacrifice, but 40 times more tax hikes. republicans say we will stand on principle but happily fold like cheap suits. democrats to say the time for talk is over but then say addressing runaway entitlement spending is off the table. talk is cheap. breaking promises is cheaper for. doing both in little more than a week, remarkable. i'm not the youth to say i am stunned that those in power often say one thing and do a power -- do another. it is almost as if they don't care how brazenly sound -- funny face down and disingenuous they are. us. we will see you next week. >> good evening. i m. lowrie rothman. america's longest war is closer to an end. obama set in motion a reversal of policy to negotiate with terrorists. you heard correctly that includes talking to a group thththat is accused of aiding international terrorist. that w
, general clark ran for president in 2004 as a democrat. i want to start with you, because as we were watching what took place with the meeting with president obama and president karzai. we know president karzai does want the troopses out of aftering aftering, but now this symbolic meeting and the talk that came from yesterday, what does it mean going forward for 2014? >> president karzai wants the american military mission in afghanistan to be over, he does want american troops to stay in afghanistan primarily to train afghan forces and the forces capable of taking care of their own land and analysts would disagree with that and the reason he wants american forces still there isn't necessarily to fight the insurgency in afghanistan. he's hoping he will have an effect across the border with the insurgency that he says stems from pakistan. >> general, have we met our goals there? >> do we know what our established goals are other than going after osama bin laden? >> the mission evolved over time, but first, under secretary rumsfeld we weren't going stay and then we got in a fight in 20
moments in washington. in late 2010, democrats and republicans started a fight over extending the bush tax cults for wealthy americans ultimately president obama signed an extension of the tax cuts for all taxpayers. now, four months later, the president and congressional leaders cut a budget deal that cut $38 billion in federal spending for the year. that agreement, if you recall, came less than two hours before the government would have shut down. in august of the same year, the white house and congress were in the same position they're in now, bumping up against that debt ceiling. that provision of the deal created the fiscal mess which we have still not solved. and congress closed out 2011 with the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits two days before christmas. he had another massive fight on a relatively modest stopgap measure that both sides had largely agreed on. of course i don't need to remind you about the fiscal cliff fight we just got done with. congress could not come to an agreement even as massive spending cuts and tax hikes were scheduled to take effect. but congress s
to come up with a way to complain? >> i think when you're the out party you have to complain. democrats did the same thing with george bush. chuck hagel, when he was a republican, these comments were fine. now that he's somebody that barack obama likes there's an issue. anytime you make criticism of israel and the united states there will be problems. when you talk act cutting military spending there will be problems. but ultimately is that enough? you want to cause this kind of fight with the president? not right now with the debt ceiling and bigger issues looming. >> what do you think of jack lew? he's to replace tim geithner. seems that we're on the verge of a different kind of philosophy now. >> yeah. i think what's interesting is barack obama is getting to people who are closer to him. jack lew used to be chief of staff. obama's like, look, my first term i was getting all the people to make america happy. now i'm getting people to do what i want them to do. a lot of people didn't like how fiter in did the job so obama is putting his own thumb on this one. >> people said he's too mu
the door. an historic stamp that president obama is putting on american foreign policy. joining me now is former congressman pat murphy, democrat from pennsylvania. he is the first iraq war veteran collected to congress, and political reporter for "the washington post." first, let me thank you both for being here tonight. >> thank you. >> congressman, you have been long for pullout as i have, even a disagreement with the administration we should have never extended it. what is your reaction to the president's announcement of speeding up the withdrawal of u.s. troops? >> reverend, today is a great day for the troops. american troops, but also for our country. because today is very significant. the fact that the president has been very clear, we're not accelerating the fact that we're bringing our troops home. thank goodness, we are shifting from a counter-insurgent doctrine to a counter terrorist doctrine. they did their job, they took out osama bin laden, gave afghanistan a chance to stand up for their people. the longest war in american history, about ten years old. it is time to brin
own. >> now at the same time, democratic leaders in the senate are advising president obama to consider any lawful steps to avoid a debt ceiling crisis, even fit means acting without congressional approval. the associated press reports majority leader harry reid is among those urging the president to consider options like invoking the 14th amendment to find ways around the nearly $16.5 trillion cap on government borrowing. and newark, new jersey mayor corey booker is one step closer to a senate run after filing paperwork with the federal election commission this week. meanwhile, politoco reports a top aide to democratic senator frank lawsuit enberg called booker "self-absorbed" accusing the mayor of bee trying the democratic party by skipping a run against republican governor chris christie. >>> well, joining me right now we have msnbc contributing and managing editor joy an reid and white house reporter for the "washington post." and with a hello to both of you, david i'm going to go up to you first. let's go to afghanistan with the president accelerating the withdrawal of
to the same folks says, you know, president obama is going to use an executive order to ban all lot of guns himself. a democratic house leader, elected last president for trying to bypass congress happily pushing the 14th amendment so that this president can bypass congress. a president who talks shares sacrifice, but 40 times more tax hikes. republicans say we will stand on principle but happily fold like cheap suits. democrats to say the time for talk is over but then say addressing runaway entitlement spending is off the table. talk is cheap. breaking promises is cheaper for. doing both in little more than week, remarkable. i'm not the youth to say i am stunned that those in power often say one thing and do a power -- do another. it is almost as if they don't care how brazenly sound -- funny face down and disingenuous they are.e hear from citi and bank of america. melissa: i'm melissa francis and here's what's "money" tonight. well you probably heard about shell's grounded alaskan oil rig but did you know why it might have been moved, to avoid taxes. we'll drill down on those details. pl
you, barack obama is doubling down. and here's the kicker. with plenty of compliant democrats in congress to help. but those democrats might regret what they're aiding and abetting, because they're the ones who'll be fumbling and fuming. when nancy pelosi pushes the 14th amendment to give the power to bypass congress, she is giving him the power to bypass her too. you don't need a trillion dollar magic coin to realize this is nothing less than a high stakes power grab. now, it's not unusual for presidents of either party to try. it is very unusual for so many in both parts to lay down and let him do it. all right, here to hash it out, constitutional expert ilya shapiro and sabrina schafer as well as "the wall street journal"'s steve moore. steve, a disturbing series of events, to put it mildly. >> no question about it, neil. and, look, we have a three-branch system of government in washington. the president is the chief of the executive branch, that means the president doesn't make the laws, he executes the laws that congress passes. and, you know, i'm in austin, texas, today.
. the families will have an opportunity to share their views before president obama makes any decisions on gun laws. >> jamie: president obama is under increasing pressure from his own party to avoid default without congressional approval. senate democrats are encouraging the president to considering bypassing congress if necessary to prevent our nation from defaulting on its spending obligation. this would happen if lawmakers -- cannot agree to raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. david hawking, great to see you, david. thank you so much for joining us. what is the letter from the majority leader harry reid say the president should do and how many senators signed on? >> most of senate leadership signed on. it encourages all the important top senate leaders including senator reid, chuck schumer and dick durbin. they told the president to use any quote, any lawful steps, unquote that the debt limit goes up even if congress doesn't pass a law saying it could go up. the reason they are doing that is because president has been told by speaker boehner he won't allow the debt ceiling to g
to deep red. consider this, west virginia was reliably democratic in presidential elections voting for carter over reagan in 1980 and mike dukakis in '88. but since 2000 it's been solidly republican. and president obama lost the state by 26 points. we'll be right back. look what mommy is having. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. 100% vegetable juice, with three of your daily vegetable servings in every little bottle. so we created the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. a collection of innovations designed around a bed with dualair technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs - each of your bodies. our sleep professionals will help you find your sleep number setting. exclusively at a sleep number store. sleep number. comfort individualized. queen mattresses start at just $699. and now save 50% on the closeout of our silver limited edition bed. ends sunday. stop! stop! stop! come back here! humans -- we are beautifully imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. that's why
state has shifted from deep blue to deep red. consider this, west virginia was reliably democratic in presidential elections voting for carter over reagan in 1980 and mike dukakis in '88. but since 2000 it's been solidly republican. and president obama lost the state by 26 points. we'll be right back. @ñ >>> welcome back to "hardball." on the front page of today's "washington post," film critic ann hornaday pointed out the oscar nominations have showcased an unlikely hero, bureaucratic washington. three films with multiple nominations. first there's "lincoln" in which we see president lincoln getting down into the dirt to use all the power to push through the 13th amendment outlawing slavery. here is his secretary of state discouraging him from taking on congress. let's listen. >> we'll win the war, sir. it's inevitable, isn't it? >> well, it ain't won yet. you'll begin your second term. imagine the possibilities peace will bring. why tarnish your invaluable luster with a battle in the house? it's a rat's nest in there. the same gang of talentless hicks and hacks who rejected the
the same belief system. it is more likely women will vote for democrats first. and there is an 18-point gender gap in the presidential election. and it went to president obama. does it matter that we have women in there? why does it matter? and we ask the question, we just elected an historic number of democratic women. you think it will matter? and 56% of these independent and said yes. only 8% said no. that is a significant change. part of our job here at emily's list, and argue in government and politics, is to say it does matter. women's leadership is important for our society. that is part of what we're doing here. host: republican line in georgia. caller: thank you for taking my call. the fellow from va a kind of stole my thunder. you keep presenting your position and the position of your firm as a woman's organization. in actuality, all it is is a democratic women's organization. since the other guy stole my thunder, i just wanted to make that point. i hope my friends and colleagues in the republican party are listening to how the democratic party and folks like yourself have don
witt." >> interesting conversation there, melissa. democrats are attempting to take a move to prevent a looming problem at the urging of president obama. >>> and a researcher will comment who participated in those talks. >>> and a new fracking movie called "promised land" starring matt damon and why the industry may not his. in our office politics white house correspondent peter alexander talks about life on the romney campaign trail and shares some behind the scenes including the campaign's reaction to mitt romney on election night. >>> up next, she is feeding her people and saving lives against all the odds. our foot soldier of the week when we come back. oh this is soft. this is so so soft. hey hun, remember you only need a few sheets. hmph! [ female announcer ] charmin ultra soft is so soft you'll have to remind your family they can use less. ♪ charmin ultra soft is made with extra cushions that are soft and more absorbent. plus you can use four times less. hope you saved some for me. mhmm! you and the kids. we all go. why not enjoy the go with charmin ultra soft. >>> as we've b
washington post" is reporting that democratic senate leaders are advising the white house to go arc comed do that and bypass congress on this issue. i'll show everybody this letter to president obama and they advise him to take any lawful steps to avoid default with congressional approval and they talk about the 14th amendment and is there any way for the white house to avoid another fight like this with the congress completely. >> they've been writing about this letter that senator reid said to the president and if the president if they want to can certainly direct the treasury to ignore the debt ceiling and then basically say go ahead and sue me and see if anybody does and go to the core process and i don't think that's something the president wants to do that he doesn't want to evoke this 14th amendment and that's the shorthand used for it and i think what's fascinating here and you have members of congress, ceding their institutional authority given that congress is more popular these days and i think there's probably some sort of middle ground that can be found with mitch mcconnell and
, and has the same belief system. it's more likely, women will vote for democrats first. there's an 18-point jennifer gap in the presidential election and went for president obama. we did some research and we asked this question. i thought this was an interesting turn of really thinking about the women voters. do you think it matters? does it matter we have women in there and why? we asked the question, we just elected a historic number of democratic women. due think it's going to matter. and 60% of the women said, yes, and only 8% said, no, probably won't matter at all. that's a significant change. part of our job here at emily's list -- i would argue our job in government -- is to -- and politics is to say it really does matter, and women's leadership is important for our society. and that's part of what we're doing. >> host: republican line, leo go ahead, canton, georgia. >> caller: thank you for taking my call. i just had a appoint and the fella from virginia stole my thunder and before him, another fella. but you keep presenting your position, and the position of your firm, as a women's
of progressive democrats who voted against the first time came onboard the second time. part of the reason they came onboard is calls from candidate soon to be president barack obama and promises of it is going to be a bailout for everybody, bailout as a negative term, a rescue for everyone. home owners are going to get dealt into this deal and there was $50 billion appropriated through t.a.r.p. less than 10% of troubled asset relief program funding for housing support programs has been spent. less than 10%. $45.6 billion originally allocated for the program. 4 4 $4.5 billion. there is money sitting in a bank account that is allocated for the purpose of helping homeowners. >> and remember the mortgage settlement they alotted $25 billion for homeowners? this is more money than that sitting there doing nothing. >> as a defender of geithner and i think the most persuasive proponent of the bailouts for all policy, what do you make of the housing part of this? >> i would like to have seen more done on housing. i would. i'm not, you know, i'm not as knowledgeable about why the tl is money that i
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